Studying Arabic at Drake University is rewarding and productive from the very first day of class. Regardless of the level of study, students work with a native speaker of Arabic and no more than five classmates and use Arabic exclusively to communicate things that are truly meaningful, i.e., not the mindless filler materials found in many current textbooks.

Through the standard sequence of courses (001, 002, 051, 052, 140, 150), students expand their competencies beyond the initial emphasis on speaking in order to develop skills in listening, writing, and reading.

In each Arabic course, as in every language course in the program, students produce an individual electronic portfolio that normally consists of recordings students make of their own voices following a provided model, samples of videos students make of themselves, writing samples, clips from examinations, etc. This record allows both professors and the students to track progress both within a given semester and over several semesters. Students can also use the ePortfolios after graduation to demonstrate to potential employers or graduate schools their ability to function in Arabic. 

A beginning level course project students would include in the portfolio

Click here for the full playlist of Arabic student videos

Culture is not, of course, neglected in these courses. The faculty of World Languages and Cultures is well aware that culture is embedded in every language. The study of culture is additionally enhanced through the use of weblogs that focus the students’ attention on many important topical, historical, and useful themes. The blogs are utilized in both English and Arabic, depending on the students’ level of proficiency with the language.

Students are able to take advantage of this program to tailor courses somewhat to suit their own professional and/or personal goals. The professor, who designs the courses, gets to know all the students in the program and is able to take into consideration who will be in upcoming courses. The size and flexibility of individual sections allow the professor to consider the needs and wishes of those students.

Many of our students choose to study abroad to continue their studies of the Arabic language.  Find out more information about these opportunities here.

We are also happy to announce that as of Fall 2010, Arabic 002 and 052 are available to count toward students requirements for the Areas of Inquiry in the category of International and Multicultural!  Students are able to take language courses to fulfill these university-wide requirements toward graduation. 


Contact Information

Dr. Marc Cadd
Office: 214A Meredith Hall


Courses Offered

To see our current course offerings, please navigate through the Drake Schedule of Classes.